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Andean Community Prohibits Anti-bacterial Soaps

The Andean Community, which includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, recently adopted a regulation banning the use of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agents in cosmetic and personal hygiene soaps, including liquid, bar, foam and gel soaps, shower gel, and any other type of hand and body soaps designed to be used with water. The prohibition affects domestically-produced and imported merchandise that contains one or more of the following agents: cloflucarban; fluorosalan; hexachlorophene; hexylresorcinol; iodophores (containing iodine ingredients) – iodine complex (ammonium ether sulphate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate), iodine complex (polyethylene glycol alkylaryloxy phosphate ester), nonylphenoxypoly (ethyleneoxy) ethanolamine, poloxamer-iodo complex, povidone iodine and undecoylium iodine chloride complex; methylbenzethonium chloride; phenol; secondary amyltricresols; sodium oxychlorosene; tribromsalan; and triple dye. In addition, triclosan and triclocarban may only be used in accordance with the provisions of European Union Directive 1223/2009 and Commission Regulation 358/2014, as amended.

Products seeking a new sanitary registration must comply with the new requirements effective immediately, while products with an existing sanitary registration must be reformulated to meet these provisions no later than 9 October 2018.

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